Happy Friday everyone! Friday Favourites (I’m Canadian so I’m adding the ‘u’!) was created by the ever-so-wonderful Kibby from Something of the Book. She loves lists, so decided to start her own weekly meme! Make sure you check out her blog for more information, and join in!
Okay, first of all… I resent that older than 2000 is “old school”. KIBBY! How dare you remind me that I’m getting old!
Life crisis aside, there truly are some amazing YA books pre-2000, and here are some of my favourites:
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – this is one of the books that started it all for me. Now, I did NOT read this when it was first released because that was in 1950… (even my parents weren’t born yet!) But, I did read this when I was young and it was one of the first magical worlds that truly captured me. It might be time for a reread soon! Find it on Goodreads here!
- The Giver by Lois Lowry – first published in 1993, this is another that I did not read when it was originally released, but I did read it when I was in high school and I loved it! In fact, this might have been the first dystopian novel that I read! (Sadly, I did not enjoy the movie version…). This is another I want to reread soon, and I want to read the rest of the series! Find it on Goodreads here!
- Holes by Louis Sachar – I absolutely adored this book! Somehow, over the years, I have lost my original copy, but I want to hunt it down so I can read it again. This was published in 1998 and a movie version – which was, surprisingly, just as good – was released in 2003. It was a fun, easy read, but it delves into wonderful themes about race, family, friendship and more! Find it on Goodreads here!
You might notice that there is a pretty famous series missing from this list. I purposely left Harry Potter off because I wanted to focus on other books that I feel deserve more attention. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Harry Potter (the books and the movies!), and I think everyone should check out the amazing wizarding world! I just felt like these “oldies but goodies” needed a boost.
So anyways, those are three “old school” YA books that I absolutely love and think everyone should read!